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Poster: JustBusiness Date: Sep 8, 2009 1:06pm
Forum: audio Subject: Help with CD collection download.

I am new to this forum so please bear with me.

I have never and do not currently own a portable music device with a hard drive. I want to purchase one (iPod, Zune, etc.) I want to put my entire CD collection on one of these devices in a lossless format (about 150 CDs). I also want to put shows that I have downloaded from Archive.org in FLAC format.

My concerns:
1. Will one of these devices have enough room? (120 GB is the biggest?)
2. Should I rip all of my cds in FLAC format? (Do iPods support this?) Can I make a Zune support this?
3. I'd like the title/song data to load automatically (not need to manually input this) for both CD and FLAC downloads.

Please let me know how this can be accomplished.

(I have found threads regarding this on other forums, but they are incredibly out of date)

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Poster: drspark61 Date: Sep 8, 2009 1:47pm
Forum: audio Subject: Re: Help with CD collection download.

To my knowledge neither iPod nor Zune support FLAC. In fact, I don't know if there are any high-capacity hard-drive players currently on the market that support FLAC. There are plenty of flash-based players (Samsung, Sansa, Cowon, iRiver) that do, but your upward limit is probably 16 GB. My guess is you'll need at least 40 GB just for the CDs. To make that work, you'd need to forego lossless and maybe rip MP3s at a high bitrate like 320.

Since you're dealing with only 150 CDs, though, you could get a 120 GB iPod and store your CDs as larger WAV files --and probably still have room left over for your live music collection (although you'd have to convert the the FLAC files to WAV).

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Poster: skinrat Date: Nov 8, 2009 8:25pm
Forum: audio Subject: Re: Help with CD collection download.

You can download fluke to make flac files playable in itunes. If that is the program that you choose to use to get your music onto your future poratable device that is. Here's the link: